NC Clean Energy Economy

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) held a Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at the NC General Assembly. The event was well attended by advocates and supporters of North Carolina’s Clean Energy Economy.

At issue here are: the 2007 NC's REPS law which has helped create over 12,500 new Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency jobs in all 100 NC counties; and new clean energy legislation that will create thousands of jobs, expand business opportunities, increase market competition, and allow greater use of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency solutions. This legislation was based on the feedback and suggestions of clean energy companies, employees and supporters across our state.

Unemployed families pawns in GOP game

Grabbing 37,000 human shields:

Republican leaders have tied the extended benefits to a plan that forces Perdue to accept a 13 percent spending cut from her proposal for the entire budget year starting in July if the two sides can't agree on a budget. Republicans aim to force Perdue into a choice: continue jobless benefits for thousands or preserve her bargaining power as choices over where to cut heat up over the next 2½ months.

As you may have noticed, this article was published in a San Antonio paper. The NC GOP's antics are national news.

my LTE in Charlotte Observer

In response to "Watchdog eyes businessman's campaign gifts" (April 13):

Democracy North Carolina is no 'partisan ally'; ask Jim Black

The writer is board chairman of Democracy North Carolina.

Art Pope tries to deflect criticism of his campaign donations by labeling Democracy North Carolina "a partisan ally of the N.C. Democratic Party." He may want to ask former House Speaker Jim Black, a Democrat, what his thoughts are on this subject. Research by our director, Bob Hall, led to Black's resignation and eventual conviction. Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan watchdog that works to protect the citizens of North Carolina from the influence of big money in our electoral process and has worked with Mr. Pope's own John Locke Foundation on several issues in the past.

Gray Newman

Mint Hill

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/15/2223954/the-observer-forum.html#ixzz1JbQrG0Mv

NC senator pushing to end campaign finance law benefited heavily from outside donor, groups in 2010

Cross-posted from the Institute of Southern Studies, by Chris Kromm.

Perhaps more than any other North Carolina politician, Sen. Jim Davis owes his place in the state legislature to Republican millionaire donor Art Pope.

And now, Davis is the lead sponsor of a bill that Pope and his network of conservative groups have made a top priority this year: to dismantle the state's system of publicly-financed, "clean" elections -- a reform aimed at lessening the influence of outside money in politics.

Fracking bill moves forward

So far, it appears to be mostly study-related:

...the bill paves the way for a study of fracking and raises some fees associated with natural gas exploration. It also gives the Department of Environment and Natural Resources authority to work with consumer advocates.

I like some of the guidance for the study, especially as related to water resources. Where the water's going to come from and where the tainted water will go afterward are crucial questions that demand hyper-specific answers. But while we're in the early days, I have a question about this:

Housekeeping

First, I want to thank everyone here for their support of the Farm Team - most recently, ya'all were amazing in helping the College Democrats of North Carolina pull off the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Leadership Conference on March 26:

Lee Storrow, Director of Political Affairs for CDNC and a senior political science major at UNC-Chapel Hill, noted that this was the first time the CDNC reached out to build chapters on HBCU campuses. “This unique event is a way to build political infrastructure across the state,” said Storrow.

Davis puppet dances to Art Pope's tune

Surprise, surprise.

Perhaps more than any other North Carolina politician, Sen. Jim Davis owes his place in the state legislature to Republican millionaire donor Art Pope. And now, Davis is the lead sponsor of a bill that Pope and his network of conservative groups have made a top priority this year: to dismantle the state's system of publicly-financed, "clean" elections -- a reform aimed at lessening the influence of outside money in politics.

In a year of record-shattering spending for state-level elections, about 75 percent of the outside, non-party money in North Carolina's 2010 races was funneled through three groups backed by Art Pope: Americans for Prosperity, Civitas Action and Real Jobs NC.

Welcome to the Show, Mr. Davis.

N&O takes a swipe at House Republicans

Might not leave a mark, but it's bound to sting:

Now we know. Now we know what happens when shortsighted, special-interest lawmaking confronts a major budget crisis and brinksmanship trumps statesmanship.

For Republicans to give up a temporary sales tax that few people even notice in the name of some anti-tax ideology and thus kill jobs, diminish the quality of public education and put this state's natural resources at risk is appalling.

It is appalling, but it's not surprising. When you live in a fantasy world where government is evil and corporations are the Florence Nightingales waiting to swoop in and save us, all this craziness makes sense.

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